Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lover Avenged by J. R. Ward


Now, as the vampire warriors defend their race against their slayers, one male's loyalty to the Brotherhood will be tested-and his dangerous mixed blood revealed... 

Caldwell, New York, has long been the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It's also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and owner of a notorious night club that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he's approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King and leader of the Brotherhood. 

Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood-even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him-and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.

My Review:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Talk about a wild ride!  This is the story of Ehlena the nurse and Rehvenge the drug dealer/pimp/club owner.  Definitely not a couple you would expect.  Better yet, it is a good surprise how similar they are, even with the differences. 

Ehlena was an interesting person to get to know.  She is very rational, very composed, and use to following the rules.  But once she got involved with Rehvenge, all of those things seemed to disappear in a heartbeat.  The changes in her normal routine and personality all for Rehvenge was an interesting change.

I loved how Rehvenge’s desire to protect his loved ones was by using the ultimate sacrifice.  He made Ehlena hate him, had Bella thinking he was dead, and put himself through a lot of torture with the Symphaths. 

It was great to discover what diseases were possible for vampires.  In some ways the vampire myth has the vampires invincible, with few areas of death and disaster.  Thankfully Ms. Ward makes a good argument that her vampires are actually just a more progressive form of human (almost), so thus there are some things that even genetics can’t prevent. 

The best thing about the story was the Rehvenge won.  And not only did he finally win and get his “happily ever after”, but he also has a bigger role in the Black Dagger Brotherhood than he would have ever thought.  It was nice how well balanced this made it.  Also, it was nice that quite a few things were left hang, specifically what happens with Xhex. 

My only issue with the story was the flipping back and forth between the “good guys” and Lash.  I’m not a big fan on getting the villain’s POV, especially when it is a villain I don’t like.  That was definitely the case with Lash.

Overall it was a good book, and it definitely makes you want to read the next one.  

Happy Reading!


1 comment:

  1. I was so surprised how much I loved this book. I was nervous that it wouldn't be as great as the past stories because it didn't feature a vampire from the Brotherhood, but I was so wrong. Rhev instantly became one of my favorites. I think it had a lot to do with his character and cockiness. I'm a sucker for bad boys with a good heart!

    I'm a huge fan of this series and can't wait for Tohr's book!

    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves


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